Authors & Illustrators


Online Registration begins on Monday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m. Please see below for author biographies and details about the event and registration instructions. Pre-registration is required.
Click HERE to register for this year’s event
Authors and Illustrators Night gives Lowell students the opportunity to attend workshops with successful authors and illustrators in order to learn more about the process of writing and illustrating books. The 75-minute workshops are tailored to students in each grade level and are limited in size so that students get to interact with and learn from our guests.
Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Auditorium. At 6:00 p.m., the program will begin in the Auditorium, followed by the workshops.  After the workshops, we will have our Authors Cafe in the Cafeteria where our authors and illustrators will sign their books (which will be available for purchase). There will also be hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments for everyone.
We will make every effort to place you in your first choice; however, workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign-up for a workshop which corresponds to your child’s current grade.  Please note that this a family event and we fully encourage parents to create along with their children. Childcare is not provided. Questions Contact [email protected].
We have another great line-up this year of writers and illustrators eager to inspire kids of all ages with their creative, hands-on workshops.
Workshop #1: Grades K – 1st: Author and Illustrator Kimberly Gee lived in Seoul, Korea until she was eight when she moved to New Jersey and later graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach. Prior to beginning her career as an author and illustrator of children’s books, she had a successful career in architectural design, illustration and greeting card design. She won a Mentorship Award at the 2010 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference and a Portfolio Showcase at the 2013 Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrator’s Editor’s Day. She has two young children, Finn and Claire, who are her inspiration and her models. Her books include the popular Mad, Mad Bear!, The Class, Up, Up Up, Down!, and Today With Meg and Ted. 
Workshop #2: Grades K-1: Kevin Tseng is the Author and Illustrator of One Snowy Morning and the author-illustrator of Ned’s New Home, both picture books. He grew up in Thousand Oaks, California and earned degrees in biology and illustration at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to writing his most recent book, he worked as an illustrator and designer for a stationary company.
Workshop #3: Grades 2-3: Author Angela Joy was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, she attended New York University and Spelman College. Angela traveled abroad extensively as a background vocalist, also working in television and movie soundtracks. She currently lives in southern California with her husband and two children. Black Is A Rainbow Color is her first book.
Workshop #4: Grades 2-4: James Burks is a graphic novelist who started out working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Wow Wow Wubbzy, Fan Boy and Chum Chum and The Bravest Warriors. His first graphic novel for kids, Gabby and Gator, was published by Yen Press in 2010 and is a Junior Library Guild selection. He is the author and illustrator of the popular graphic novel series the Bird and Squirrel. 
Workshop #5 3nd–5th: Author Steven Banks is an American musician, comedian, actor, and New York Times–bestselling writer. He has worked on Nickelodeon TV shows, including CatDog, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He also spent six years as the head writer and story editor for SpongeBob SquarePants. His books include King of the Creeps and the SpongeBob SquarePants story Show Me the Bunny. His most recent book, Middle School Bites, will be release next month
Workshop #6: Grades 4th – 5th: Author and Illustrator Justin Dean is an award-winning writer of television commercials who has led national campaigns for brands such as South Park, Conan, and the Olympics. He is the author of the Awesome Dog series about three video-game loving friends and their robo-pet who blast off into adventures to unleash the awesome.
Workshop #7: Grades 4th – 5th: Author W. Bruce Cameron began his career writing a family newspaper humor column, eventually becoming an internationally syndicated columnist. His column, ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter’ became a New York Times Bestselling book and a People’s Choice Award Winning Series on ABC. It currently runs in syndication throughout 33 countries worldwide. He is perhaps best known,  #1 New York Times Bestselling author of a book series, A Dog’s Purpose. He and his wife Cathryn Michon co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of A Dog’s Purpose, which has gone on to become the most successful international live-action dog movie of all time. He has published 20 books, which have since become international bestsellers, having been translated into over 50 languages. In 2019, the motion picture adaptations of his bestselling novels ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ and ‘A Dog’s Journey,‘ were released, both of which were co-scripted by Bruce and Cathryn. On October 15 of this year, he published ‘A Dog’s Purpose III: A Dog’s Promise.

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